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NatiRedGals
04-22-2007, 11:42 AM
W-L ERA K Walks WHIP
3-0
2.05 8 2 0.82


Ramon Ortiz looks to continue his unlikely success for the Twins on Sunday as they conclude a three-game series against the Kansas City Royals.

The Twins (11-6) may not have expected much from Ortiz, who joined his fourth team in as many years after signing a $3.1 million, one-year contract on Jan. 22. He wasn't in high demand on the free-agent market after going 11-16 with a 5.57 ERA in 33 starts for Washington in 2006.

Ortiz, though, has been very effective in his first three starts with Minnesota. Besides being among the major league leaders in wins, Ortiz's 2.05 ERA is nearly a run better than Santana's. The right-hander limited Seattle to two runs and eight hits over seven innings Tuesday in an 11-2 victory.


Excellent control has been the key to Ortiz's success. He has walked only two batters in 22 innings this season.

"I throw strikes. That's what I do," Ortiz said.

But Ortiz has never performed well against the Royals, going 3-4 with a 7.09 ERA in eight starts. He has allowed 11 home runs in 47 innings against them.

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edabbs44
04-22-2007, 01:16 PM
Dustin Moseley isn't pitching too poorly this season either.

RedWilly
04-22-2007, 09:08 PM
"I throw strikes. That's what I do," Ortiz said.



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"I also give hair cuts and am very happy," Ortiz added.

cincrazy
04-22-2007, 11:37 PM
From what I read, Santana taught Ortiz how to throw a changeup that's been working. Whether this continues, who knows. But so far it seems to be paying dividends. I mean if there's anyone on this earth that you'd want to learn a changeup from, it'd be Santana.

lollipopcurve
04-23-2007, 09:35 AM
Read somewhere that the Twins are having Ortiz breath deeply before every pitch and have asked whoever's catching him to visit the mound "at the first sign of trouble." Seems they're managing his emotions on the mound quite well so far.